10 Best Costumes at HARD Day Of The Dead

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Timothy Norris / LA Weekly
Borgore in a Onesie at HARDDOTD2014

This weekend, HARD's Day of the Dead celebration took place at a new location at the Fairplex Pomona Saturday November 1 through Sunday November 2. Way better than its old home at the LA Historic Park, the new venue gave attendees plenty of space to explore the five stages, attractions and revel in the Halloween weekend hoopla. With one of the most staked line-ups of the year, the fest brought out a diverse crowd ready to see everyone from Deadmau5 b2b with Eric Prydz, Pretty Lights, Calvin Harris, Bassnectar, to Jamie Jones and RL Grime with Cam'ron.

With plenty of real womens' restrooms with toilet paper, warm beer gardens and free charging stations, everyone was in happy spirits and the good vibes were infections. But the best thing were the costumes. Stepping away from the usual sexy raver outfit that we see at most EDM events, the HARD Day of the Dead crowd really stepped it up with creativity and humor. Here were the 10 best people we saw over the weekend:

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Five Best Things at Escape All Hallows' Eve

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Alex Perez for Insomniac
Escape All Hallows' Eve 2014

Escape All Hallows' Eve
NOS Events Center
October 31 - November 1, 2014

This weekend more than 90,000 Insomniac fans attended the 4th annual Escape All Hallows' Eve, which used to be known as Escape from Wonderland. With the new re-branded name came the expansion of two days of pulsating dance music featuring over 80 world renowned artist from Moby, Tiƫsto, Armin van Buuren, Richie Hawtin, Steve Aoki, Oliver Heldens and more. The sold-out event felt like a mini Electric Daisy Carnival reunion with a dark eerie twist to go along with the holiday celebrations.

Here's the five best things about this year's Escape All Hallows' Eve.

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The Music of Clive Barker's Horror Cult Classic Reunited for Halloween

Categories: Halloween

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Shout Factory
Narcisse of Nightbreed

Even horror fans with a passing interest in the genre are familiar with writer/director/innovator Clive Barker. The man responsible for iconic legends like Hellraiser and Candyman, he's given viewers fantastical images they're sure to never forget.

Unfortunately, even the most vivid of visionaries sometimes get their visions vivisected, which is what happened with the theatrical release of Barker's 1990 film Nightbreed. Originally envisioned as something of a "horror Star Wars" studio Morgan Creek had the film dramatically recut as less a fantastical epic and more of a thrill-a-minute slasher.

Barker's original vision had been lost for decades until this week when pop-culture preservationists Shout Factory's Scream Factory imprint released an against-all-odds definitive director's cut of Nightbreed.

...and did we mention there's a musical number?

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8 Scariest Musical Halloween Costumes

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Rob Zombie

Halloween is that awesome time of year where you can be completely creepy and simultaneously showcase your musical obsessions with costumes that turn you into your favorite singers and band members. So forget the sexy nurse and boring pirate costumes. Why not make yourself into one of the guys from GWAR? Or a fuck-all punk rocker who has possibly returned from the dead? Who needs a pimp costume when you can mix it up with old school break dance moves and some Jheri Curl?

Need a guiding light on how to incorporate your favorite musicians into your Halloween alter ego? Read on:


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Damien Blaise of Blok's Guide to Making the Best Halloween Costume

Categories: Halloween

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With a stage show that already features prominent uses of costumes and trippy images, it should come as no surprise that Blok is headlining the Zombie Prom at the Wayfarer this Friday night in celebration of Halloween. Unlike the group's previous show, which was at Disneyland, Damien Blaise promises that the duo's set will be amplified and a more intense experience. He attributes this partially due to the way they'll will dress and that they'll be doing something special to celebrate October's final day.

With that in mind, Blaise offers his tips to how make the best costume possible ahead of everyone's favorite day of madness:

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We Still Hang People in Orange County

Categories: Culture, Halloween

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The Hangman and The Lawman get ready for a hangin'! Photo by Scott Feinblatt
The Halloween season fills a very important need in America. It is a time when society collectively derides its lasting Puritanical bent and celebrates demonic imagery. With the season come haunted attractions; some, like Knott's Scary Farm, are SoCal institutions, and in addition to the mazes and rides tricked-out with Halloween decor, the theme park hosts a variety of interactive attractions and traditional shows. One of those shows is "Elvira's Big Top," and the other is "The Hanging."

On top of being a highly theatrical and musical theme park show, "The Hanging" is foremost a roast of celebrities and of society, in general. It is an anomaly which transgresses almost every boundary of taste. While nudity and profanity do not factor, no topic is sacred from ridicule. Thus, "The Hanging" occupies a very special niche in Orange County culture -- one that is almost as important as Halloween is to the US.

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Slash Gives Us Plenty to Fear at Horror Nights

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Myles Kennedy and Slash (Left to Right) at the Red Carpet Ceremony for The Eyegore Awards. Photo by Scott Feinblatt
On Friday night, Slash appeared at the Eyegore Awards, at Universal Studios Hollywood, where he and singer Myles Kennedy performed the title track to his recent horror film, Nothing Left to Fear. Slash, whose new album World on Fire was released last week, also received one of the awards and provided the soundtrack for one of the new mazes at Halloween Horror Nights, "Clowns 3D Music by Slash."

McKenzie Westmore (Face Off) emceed the event wherein fimmakers Robert Rodriguez, John Landis, and effects artist Greg Nicotero received awards as well. Universal Studios's Creative Director, John Murdy, was present at the event, which took place on the opening night of the theme park's Halloween Horror Nights. This year, the park features new mazes based on Rodriguez's film / television series From Dusk Till Dawn, Landis's classic horror film An American Werewolf in London, and The Walking Dead, for which Nicotero is the Special Effects Make-Up Supervisor. After the awards ceremony, members of the press were invited to experience the theme park's new haunted mazes.


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Five Surprisingly Great Cover Songs for Halloween

Categories: Halloween

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Today is Halloween! A night of ghouls, goblin, tricks, treats and genuine spooktacular mystery! While tonight will be full of the joys of pretending that we're someone we're not, why not let the thrill of imitation runneth over into our Halloween playlists? We all love a good cover, but sometimes the wrong cover can be scarier than the last haunted house on the left of Elm Street. But in the tradition of true trick or treating, we've assembled five great cover songs from the unlikeliest of sources. Here are five unexpectedly great covers to make sure your monster mash is a certified graveyard smash!

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The Ten Best Horror Movie Soundtracks

Categories: Halloween

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By: Jonathan Patrick
Halloween should be filled with good, albeit strange, music. Horror film soundtracks provide the most suitable gateway to such enjoyment. From grotesque to gorgeous, these represent our ten favorite offerings (in reverse order). Enjoy.


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How To Be the Best Zombie You Can Be at the Long Beach Zombie Walk

Categories: Halloween

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Long Beach Zombie Walk
In May of 2009, the Long Beach Cinematheque hosted the first Long Beach Zombie Walk to kick-off a midnight screening of "Night of the Living Dead." It was so popular that the group did it again in October. "We decided to make an annual event of it," said Logan Crow, executive director of Long Beach Cinematheque. Crow says he has a special affinity for zombies.

"What I love specifically about the zombie genre of horror cinema is that zombie films can be side-splittingly hilarious, or absolutely horrifying. The genre works at so many levels." Today, pop culture is exploding with zombie-themed commercials, films and shows. "They're everywhere!" Crow says. "And it can be any one, at any moment - that's such a scary thought to me. At one moment you're running from a horde with your grandmother, she gets bitten, and you've got five seconds to decide if you have the stomach to...well, do what you have to do. It's a truly terrifying genre, when you think about it."

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